Design and Technology Sixth Form Trip to Vitra Design Museum

Year 12 Design and Technology students visited the impressive Vitra Design Museum in Germany in late January.
“The museum is dedicated to the research and presentation of design, past and present, and examines design’s relationship to architecture, art and everyday culture.”

Vitra Design Museum, on its own, is incredibly eye-catching and can boast that it holds the most important collection of furniture design in the world. It contains some 700 pieces of furniture, more than 1000 lighting objects and numerous archives. There was an enormous amount for the students to view.

As well as all the exhibits, the architecture at Vitra is outstanding and the students were lucky enough to be given a guided tour of the striking buildings.

The previous day they visited the automobile museum in Mulhouse, France – Cite de l’Automobile. The museum holds one of the biggest classic car collections in the world and contains the largest and most comprehensive collection of Bugatti motor vehicles. It was great to see the differences in design from Bugatti Royale’s, Rolls Royce, Ferrari to your everyday cars such as Fiats.

The students all benefitted immensely from seeing the great designs in the flesh and not just through imagery. They can now incorporate design ideas inspired by all the superb pieces seen into their Design Technology coursework.

“It was a trip I was really looking forward to going on whilst studying for my A Levels and it did not disappoint.” – Alex

Report by Year 12 student, Alex Fielden (MF House)